On the always hectic opening night of free agency, “in case you missed it” is a much more appropriate expression than usual. Before the evening began, Kevin Durant requested a transaction from the Nets.
Jalen Brunson — Knicks
CAA basketball agents Aaron Mintz and Sam Rose said: Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN that Brunson agreed to a four-year $104 million deal with a player option in the final season.
That’s quite a contract for the 25-year-old Villanova product, a player who passed every team in the first round of the 2018 NBA draft.
The Knicks also agreed on a $16.7 million two-year deal with center Isaiah Hartenstein on Thursday night. Kelly Iko of Athletic reports this.
Other reported agreements to reach the $100 million mark are included Bradley Beal (five years, $251 million to stay in Washington), Anfernee Simons (four years, $100 million with Portland), and expansions for Nikola Jokic, Devin Booker, Ja Morant and Karl-Anthony Towns.
Andre Drummond – Bulls
The Athletic’s Shams Charania reported Drummond en route to a contract with Chicago. It’s a $6.6 million two-year deal with a player option in Years 2 and will use some of the non-taxpayer mid-level exception of the Bulls. The Sixers, who signed Drummond to a one-year, veteran minimum contract last summer, could not have matched that price, still adding both Tucker and House.
The backup center was a definite off-season need for Chicago. Tony Bradley, another former Sixer, is also in that mix after raising his $2 million player option.
DeAndre Jordan – Nuggets
To no one’s surprise, the Sixers’ Game 1 starter for their second round playoff series against the Heat does not reside in Philadelphia.
Jordan and the Nuggets agreed on a minimum contract of one year, Mike Singer of The Denver Post reports this.
Victor Oladipo — Heat
Oladipo returns to Miami on a one-year deal of $11 million, reported Charania.
Among the other players reportedly returning to the Eastern Conference playoff teams are Toronto’s Chris BoucherMilwaukee’s Wesley Matthews and Jevon Carterand Brooklyn’s Patty Mills and Nicolas Claxton†